Dafne Keen

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Dafne Keen
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Dafne Keen at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Dafne María Keen Fernández[1]

(2005-01-04) 4 January 2005 (age 16)[2]
Madrid, Spain
Years active2014–present
Parent(s)Will Keen
María Fernández Ache

Dafne María Keen Fernández (born 4 January 2005)[1] is a British-Spanish actress.[3] She made her debut starring as Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver on the television series The Refugees from 2014 to 2015, before her breakthrough starring as Laura in the 2017 superhero film Logan. She received several awards, including an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, and nominations for a Critics' Choice Award and a Saturn Award. In 2019, she began starring as Lyra Belacqua in the television series His Dark Materials, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru.

Life and career[edit]

Keen was born in Madrid.[4] She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Spanish actress,[5][6] theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache.[7] Her paternal great-grandfather was Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe;[8][1] her aunts are poet Alice Oswald and writer Laura Beatty.[9][10]

Keen began acting in 2014, starring alongside her father in the BBC television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver.[11] The show ended in 2015 after one season.

Keen at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Keen did not take on any new projects until 2 years later, when she co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the 2017 superhero film Logan as the mutant Laura, the child clone of Wolverine.[12] The film opened to critical and financial success, and is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time.[13] Keen's performance received critical acclaim, and she received several awards and nominations for her performance, which include winning an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, and receiving nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Saturn Awards, and more.[14][15][16]

In 2019, Keen was cast in the lead role of Lyra Belacqua in the BBC/HBO television adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy, where she co-stars along with actress Ruth Wilson; her father is also a cast member of the series. The series has a positive reception,[17] and Keen received praise for her performance, with The Hollywood Reporter writing "...this effort nails much of what makes the books pop, and both the special effects and a star-studded cast led by Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson are in fine form."[18] For the role, she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress in 2020.[19]

In 2020, Keen starred alongside Andy García in the comedy-drama film Ana;[20] the film was originally announced in 2017,[21] but was delayed until 2020.[22] The film opened to mixed reviews,[23] although Keen's performance received praise. Film critic Amari commenting on her "charisma and presence" and wrote how Keen and Garcia "enhance each other's presence to the point you can forgive the film’s shortcomings."[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Logan Laura Debut role
2020 Ana Ana
The New Mutants Laura Archive footage[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 The Refugees Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver Recurring role; 7 episodes
2019–present His Dark Materials Lyra Belacqua / Silvertongue Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Battersea Poltergeist Shirley Hitchings BBC Radio 4 podcast

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist(s)
2021 "Let it Bloom" Herself Teo Planell

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Duo (with Hugh Jackman) Logan Won [26]
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated [16]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated [27]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [28]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated [29]
2018 IGN Awards Best Supporting Performer in a Movie Nominated [30]
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [31]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Nominated [32]
London Film Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated [33]
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Won [14]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [15]
2020 BAFTA Cymru Awards Best Actress His Dark Materials Nominated [19]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2011, p. 799
  2. ^ "Dafne Keen on Instagram: "Had the best 14th birthday ever on the 4th!!!! 🖤 I couldn't post until now but it was AMAZING"". Instagram. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "His Dark Materials: Behind the scenes of the TV adaptation". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ "DAFNE KEEN, LAS NUEVAS GARRAS DE LOBEZNO". Fotogramas (in Spanish). 24 April 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ "La hija de Lobezno es gallega". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  6. ^ "La actriz verinense Dafne Keen protagoniza la serie más cara de la historia de la BBC británica". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 28 September 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Logan's Dafne Keen: cutting her teeth – and claws – on the big screen as X-23". The Guardian. 16 February 2017. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017.
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, vol. 2, Burke's Peerage, Ltd, 2003, p. 1987
  9. ^ Cleave, Maureen (22 January 2003). "Going with the flow". The Telegraph. her mother the garden designer Mary Keen, her brother the actor Will Keen.
  10. ^ Dehn, Georgia (10 October 2015). "Mary Keen interview: 'people have accused me of being too traditional'". The Telegraph.
  11. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (20 October 2016). "Dafne Keen as X-23: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  12. ^ "'Logan' Image Teases Dafne Keen as Mutant X-23". Entertainment Weekly. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Best Superhero Movies of All Time". Rotten Tomatoes. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
       Wittmer, Carrie (4 March 2017). "Why critics are calling 'Logan' the best superhero movie ever". Business Insider.
       "'Logan' Is Hands-Down The Best Superhero Movie Ever Made". The Federalist. 3 March 2017.
       Collier, Sean (3 March 2017). "Logan is Among the Best Comic-Book Movies Ever". Pittsburgh Magazine.
       Fear, David (7 March 2017). "Why We Needed 'Logan' to Kill the Modern Superhero Movie". Rolling Stone.
       Taylor, Michael (10 March 2017). "How Logan Changed Comic Book Movies Forever". Screen Rant.
       Levy, Damien (6 March 2017). "'Logan' A Mature, Moving Superhero Movie". Gleaner Company.
  14. ^ a b Travis, Ben (18 January 2018). "Star Wars The Last Jedi and Thor Ragnarok Lead Empire Awards 2018 Nominations". Empire (film magazine).
  15. ^ a b McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ a b Childress, Erik (10 December 2017). ""Call Me By Your Name" and "The Shape of Water" lead 2017 Chicago Film Critics Association Nominees". Chicago Film Critics Association. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  17. ^ "His Dark Materials: Season 1". Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  18. ^ "'His Dark Materials': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Nominations announced for the British Academy Cymru Awards 2020". www.bafta.org. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  20. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (8 May 2017). "'Logan's Dafne Keen Lands 'Ana' Lead Opposite Luis Guzman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  21. ^ Andreas Wiseman (18 July 2017). "First look at 'Logan' star Dafne Keen and Andy Garcia in 'Ana'". Screen Daily. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  22. ^ Kay, Jeremy (20 December 2019). "Andy Garcia drama 'Ana' lands at Gravitas Ventures (exclusive)". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Ana is a Charming, Funny, and Socially Relevant Surprise". CinemaBabel. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  24. ^ "Ana (2020) Review/ Summary With Spoilers". Wherever I Look. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  25. ^ "Dafne Keen Thinks Disney Movies Were Extremely Bad For Girls". Screen Rant. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  26. ^ Bell, Crystal (6 April 2017). "Here Are Your 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations: See The Full List". MTV. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  27. ^ The Irish Independent Editors (14 December 2017). "The critics have spoken – Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards announced for 2017". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  28. ^ Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Editors (6 December 2017). "The 2017 WAFCA Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  29. ^ Seattle Film Critics Society Editors (11 December 2017). "'Blade Runner 2049' Leads the 2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations". Seattle Film Critics Society. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  30. ^ Movie of the Year - Best of 2017 Awards Wiki Guide - IGN, retrieved 20 July 2020
  31. ^ Stone, Sasha (12 December 2017). "Houston Film Critics Release Nominations". Awards Daily. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  32. ^ Hammond, Pete (6 December 2017). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads With 14; Netflix Tops TV Contenders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  33. ^ Lodge, Guy (19 December 2017). "'Three Billboards,' 'Phantom Thread' Lead London Critics' Circle Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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